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Current WSL world number two, Brazil’s brilliant Chloe Calmon, water shot from PNG in 2017 by Andrew Carruthers.

20 nations head to China for the one-event ISA World Longboard Titles

12 January 18

Separate to the WSL world longboard tour, and now separated from the ISA shortboard titles – the ISA reports on their upcoming stand-alone Iongboard world titles:

Many of the world's best longboarders are set to come together in Wanning, China Jan. 19-25 at the 2018 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship, marking a return to China for the ISA since launching its first global event there in 2012. 

More than 70 athletes - a new record - from over 20 nations will surf for gold at Wanning's famed left point break of Riyue Bay, located on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.

Countries from all five continents of the globe will be represented, with the event set to include the traditional Surfing powerhouses of USA, Brazil, South Africa, and Australia, alongside emerging Surfing nations, such as Israel, Russia, China, and Chinese Taipei.

The women's competition is shaping up to be an epic showdown of world-class talent, headlined by top athletes such as Honolua Blomfield (HAW), Chloe Calmon (BRA), Tory Gilkerson (USA), and Rachael Tilly (HAW). Blomfield, the 2013 ISA Junior Champion and 2017 WSL Champion, Calmon, the 2017 WSL runner-up, Gilkerson, the 2016 WSL Champion, and Tilly, an ISA Silver Medalist, will all be gunning for their first ISA Gold in the Open Women Division.

The Men's division is looking equally as strong, led by three-time ISA longboard medalist Ben Skinner from England, (2013, 09, 06), two-time ISA medalists Tony Silvagni (2011, 09) and Phil Rajzman (2013, 08), from USA and Brazil respectively, and the 2017 WSL third place finisher, Kai Sallas from Hawaii.

The 2018 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship comes during a push by the ISA to grow and develop Surfing, in all its disciplines, in non-traditional surfing nations around the globe, such as China. The ISA first started to engage with China in 2010, running its first global event in the country in 2012, and beginning coaching and instructing courses in 2013, resulting in great progress in the growth of talent and support for the sport at a national level in the country.

The work of the ISA in China has already begun to reap rewards, as 2017 saw China field their first-ever team to compete in the ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz, France in May. Coached by former World Champion Peter 'PT' Townend, China has implemented a development program with the goal of earning an Olympic medal in the sport in the future.

 - report from the ISA


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